June 28, 2012 Articles

Defense of Foreclosure of Statutory Liens for User-Charge Fees

An Illinois water reclamation district ordinance highlights the means to defend against statutory foreclosure.

By Kenneth Anspach – June 28, 2012

The national news has been devoted over the last few years to coverage of the plight of victimized homeowners facing a glut of residential foreclosures engendered by the recent recession. Yet, little or no attention has been given to actions brought by bodies corporate and politic for foreclosure of statutory liens. Such liens often present themselves in environmentally related contexts. This article will explore the nature of defending one such lien, i.e., for “user charges” for utilization of the sanitary sewer system operated by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD).

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